Managing Emotions - A DBT Skills Group for Adults


Managing Emotions – DBT Skills Group is for people having difficulties in their relationships, having trouble managing their emotional reactions in daily life (do you find yourself spiraling or “going off” easily?), and people who want to learn concrete skills in a safe, non- judgmental setting.

This skills-based group will help you:

Learn how to better manage emotions (such as anger, worthlessness, and anxiety)

Improve relationships in all areas of life

Learn how to stand up for yourself in a productive way, while preserving relationships.

How we will accomplish this: We start off by learning about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) itself (no, you don’t have to know anything coming in!) and learn about mindfulness. We stick with mindfulness throughout the course, learning how small moments of mindfulness can change our lives.

We do worksheets together to help learn skills, such as asserting yourself. Units to be covered: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance (how do we cope with really unpleasant emotions?); Emotional Regulation Skills (how can we ultimately change unhelpful emotional responses that do not serve us or our goals?); Interpersonal Effectiveness (How do we have effective relationships?)

In between each of these units, we will take a two-week mindfulness break. We discuss all the different ways we can be mindful and do short mindfulness exercises in the group session. During this time, new members of the group can join before we start the next unit.

What a typical group meeting looks like: Lauren will go over the agenda for that meeting and lead a brief (3-5 minute) mindfulness exercise. We will then go over the worksheet assigned from last week. Lauren will do a bit of teaching, we will have discussion and possibly do a role-play, depending on the unit. We end each meeting with a 5-10 minute mindfulness exercise and Lauren gives out a worksheet for the following week. This group has rolling admissions.

Group Facilitator: Lauren Laguna, LMSW, received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University and has led successful DBT groups at Bellevue’s Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. Lauren is a warm, authentic, therapist who is passionate about helping people to gain the emotional, psychological, and physical freedom to enjoy their lives.

Group Therapist

Repose is an innovative holistic psychotherapy practice in the heart of Manhattan founded on the principle that wellness is an embodied healing journey that honors the inseparable connection between mind, body, and spirit. Our mission is to help you find your innate wisdom to cultivate resilience, gain clarity, and overcome challenges so that you may live with greater ease. We foster well-being as a way of life.

At Repose, we believe that you have both the capacity and the responsibility for your own evolution. We set the conditions for healing to occur by holding a safe space that allows for exploration, learning, and empowerment. Our role is that of guide, teacher, and companion as you embark upon the journey of your lifetime. We help you to find your way back to wellness.

Repose offers treatment for anxiety, trauma, loss and grief, OCD, relationship issues, parenting concerns, and more. We primarily work with adults although we have providers who work collaboratively with teens and parents. The team at Repose also has specialty training in treating couples, perinatal mental health, treating primary and secondary trauma (compassion fatigue or "burnout"), as well as considerable experience in working with college students. In fact, Repose is the preferred college mental health providers for NYU, SVA, Columbia University, FIT, and Fordham University.

We welcome individuals and couples, regardless of each client's background, orientation, and gender expression. It is our mission for our clients to gain a more compassionate, balanced understanding of themselves.


Repose is a group practice in Midtown Manhattan that offers treatment for anxiety, trauma, loss and grief, OCD, relationship issues, and parenting concerns. The providers at Repose are holistically oriented, and they take a mind-body approach, incorporating modalities like breathwork, guided meditation, and therapeutic yoga.

Thursdays 7pm-8pm ET

New York (Online)